Wow, I don't even know where to start. Nigeria is so.....different!! (different is a code word for a million other things that I shall do well to censor in my first email!) Myself and Noel touched down in Lagos around 5.30 Wednesday evening. (Noel is the other Irish volunteer who will be working in an orphanage in Ibadan while I am going to Ilesa).
During the last Network weekend, EIL members participated in a workshop on "Working for Trade Justice and Fairtrade" facilitated by Orla Quinn, Education Officer with Trocaire.The workshop helped EIL members appreciate the need to examine the impact of policies, political and economic decisions made in one country or region on
EIL will be represented at the Volunteering Information Fair in the Irish Aid centre in Dublin on Saturday the 18th of April.
I will be there at the EIL stand from 10am to 5pm. it is an opportunity to meet face to face and to discuss about our different volunteer programmes abroad. A wide range of other organisations will be represented as well.
If you want to learn more about the event visit the Irish Aid website: http://www.irishaid.gov.ie/centre/events_detail.asp?eventID=305
On April 2, 2009, world leaders from the G20 countries will gather in London to continue a conversation they started in November 2008 in Washington, D.C. The G20 is a collection of some of the most powerful industrial countries, as well as some of the leading emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa.
With over 2,000 people traveling on EIL programmes across 24 countries every year the safety and welfare of our participants is always top of my mind.